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The Authorized Roy Orbison Hardcover – October 17, 2017
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"Roy's impact has been indelible... like finding a secret key to unlocking truth and possibility."―k.d. lang
"Roy Orbison remains a compelling figure in the long line of sounds from Texas. Roy dreamed as big as the Lone Star State and sang even bigger. And this book reminds us of the near incalculable impact he continues to have on music to the present day."―Billy F Gibbons, guitarist and lead vocalist, ZZ TOP
"I met Roy in 1980. He opened for us [Eagles] in San Francisco. We should have opened for him. This is a great book by his sons -- a MUST read."―Joe Walsh, guitarist and vocalist, the EAGLES
"From his early days through the Sun and Monument Records years, the '70s revival, Wilburys, et al, [THE AUTHORIZED ROY ORBISON] offers plenty of good old story-telling in a breezy, readable tone that'll make you like the man even more than you already do."―Mojo Magazine
"THE AUTHORIZED ROY ORBISON not only remembers the legendary American singer-songwriter, but offers a truly unique look-behind-the-scenes at a talented, humble man who became a voice for the ages. Roy Orbison had songs that charted in five consecutive decades, and his accolades continue after his death. This book, co-authored by Roy Orbison, Jr., Wesley Orbison and Alex Orbison with Jeff Slate, chronicles the making of Roy Orbison - his personal life and his celebrity."―Tennessean
About the Author
Jeff Slate is a songwriter and music journalist who regularly contributes to Esquire, Rolling Stone, and other publications. A lifelong fan of Roy Orbison, he recently contributed liner notes to The Ultimate Roy Orbison and the fiftieth-anniversary reissue of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He and his partner, Lynn, reside in New York City with their children.
- Publisher : Center Street; Illustrated edition (October 17, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1478976543
- ISBN-13 : 978-1478976547
- Item Weight : 2.81 pounds
- Dimensions : 10.5 x 1 x 10.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #373,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A nice look back from his three sons. I wonder if any of his family were musicians? That voice had to come from somewhere! This makes me wonder if any of the boys are talented?
Nice read...if you've never heard Roy Orbison give him a try..you will be happily surprised...
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His son's tell the story with love and seemingly without sensationalism, over exaggeration or bias.
Roy Orbison's life was a mix of great success, time in the wilderness and severely acute personal tragedy surrounding the tragic death of his first wife Claudette and the death of two of their sons in a house fire couple of years later, not to mention having heart surgery in the late in 1970's.
But, Roy did emerge to achieve what was perhaps his greatest, career ambition a full on comeback, although tragically without witnessing the full extent of it, with success as Travelling Wilbury and with Mystery Girl, his most successful studio album.
It is one of the epic stories of rock 'n' roll, the man was one of the few genuine legends.
Step by step too, his talent emerged: the frantic Sun tracks were left behind, the powerful operatic voice was heard on Monument, and the song writing produced hit after hit after hit. Wisely, he stopped jumping around on stage and achieved a zen-like stillness, an enigmatic figure from which emerged a mesmeric sound.
Within a few years of his first faltering steps, he had become one of rock's greatest and most enduring names.
Orbison's sons have written this account, following their father through his earliest years, through the first successes, the tragedies, the dud years of the Seventies, and the Eighties revival. The text is engagingly written, and together with the family photographs this is an important contribution to rock 'n' roll history.